90th Anniversary of Amy Johnson's Solo Flight to Australia

Suitable for KS1, KS2

Hosted by Jason the Gipsy Moth aeroplane, the day introduces Amy Johnson and her amazing adventures in aviation. Children can find out about the challenges Amy faced as she planned and then undertook her incredible solo flight to Australia.


This experience is available as a one, two or four day event. With a longer event more is included about the history of modern aviation and the golden age of flight in the 20's and 30's.

These workshop plans are designed for KS1 and KS2 children to participate in and enjoy in various different ways from drama and role play to construction, to fact-finding and discussion.


This plan caters for one year group split into three classes. The plan can be altered for different numbers of children.  Please get in touch for a tailored quote.


With the pioneering pilot, Amy Johnson, as our inspiration and significant person, children can explore the wonders of modern flight, stories of endurance and technological advancement in aviation and how a love of flying inspired one young woman to fly solo half way around the world.


Workshops are designed and led by Jenny Lockyer and will benefit from the support of school teaching and LSA staff. Children will be engineers and pilots. As 'Jason' Amy's gipsy moth aeroplane, Jenny will lead activities but also fly to other classrooms and keep everyone on course with the other activities.

Jason's two passions are flying and his closest friend, Amy Johnson. This is Jason's starting point as he narrates the events and talks with children throughout the day about their work and the progress they are making.


Three classrooms will be the base for the different activities and after a morning assembly children will access them on a carousel basis. Each day will finish with everyone coming together in the hall to showcase work / prep for the next day. Workshops are designed to encourage the children to ask questions, apply what they already know and what they will learn, to support each other and to have fun. Staff are welcome to bring their own characters to the workshops if they wish!





These prices include all planning, delivery and materials. School to provide glue sticks, scissors, drawing and colouring pencils.


One day experience: £450 (price per head £5)

Two day experience: £650 (price per head £7.20, per day £3.60)

Four day experience £1030 (price per head £11.40, per day £2.86)


If you would like me to collate and display the work produced add £200.

With the four day experience it is possible to run the flying competition over half a day and use the rest of the day to collate and display the children's work at no extra cost.


If a booking is made in collaboration with other schools, the price can go down per school:


  • May 2020 is the 90th anniversary of Amy's pioneering solo flight to Australia.

  • International Women's Day (6th March 2020)

National Curriculum links:

  • Significant people

  • Transport

  • Women in STEM

  • Women in Engineering

Application of DT, art, numeracy, literacy, team work, decision making, fact finding, drama and role play.

National Curriculum links and relevant events



Engineer meeting (Assembly in hall) Whole year group. Introducing Jason the Gipsy Moth. He talks about flying and introduces a basic time line of the history of aviation. He focuses on Amy circa 1928 and talks about the huge interest in flying and aviation at this time and various record breaking pilots. Jason introduces how planes work, using the following terms: propeller, wings, tail, thrust, lift.


Classroom 1: Making Planes. We create a range of basic paper aeroplanes to explore different flying styles. We test them out and see which designs fly further/ fastest.


Classroom 2/ Library: Fact finding. Children fact finding for their given files about the history of flight. This is a mixture of info they can find in books they find themselves or ones that have been collated beforehand and from information spread about the room that I will provide.


Classroom 3: Children put together their own plane design and are supported to feature the words.. 'propeller, wings, tail, thrust, lift'. Jason will introduce these words in the engineer meeting.


Engineer meeting to see what we have so far and prep them for tomorrow.

A one day visit.......................£450

A two day visit ......................£650

A three to four day visit.......£1030


Morning engineer meeting with whole year group. Jason this time focuses on Amy and her achievements in aviation and in engineering. He explains that the children are all going to make a 'Jason' gipsy moth plane, plot Amy's flight to Australia on their own world maps and fact-find about Amy for their files. We plot Amy's route to Australia before they do it again themselves.


Classroom 1: Making planes. We create 'Jason' bi-planes and look at the challenges Amy faced flying one of them to Australia

Classroom 2/ Library : fact finding and building fact files about Amy

Classroom 3: creating world maps and plotting Amy's route.


Final engineer meeting: All come together with all the work produced. Storytelling with Jason about around Amy's flight to Australia, a showcase of everyone's work.

With the two day experience we extend the children's learning by covering a few more facts about the history of aviation and the 20's/ 30's era of flight.


The two day experience features:

team work, role-play and drama, fact-finding and sieving through information, designing, testing out and experimenting, learning official terms relating to flight, finding out about significant people in the history of aviation with a focus on Amy Johnson, the first woman in the world to fly solo to Australia.


At the end of the two days children will have:

  • made at least two aeroplanes

  • collated a fact file about record breaking pilots, including Amy Johnson

  • designed their own plane using relevant terms

  • joined in with group role play activities


Two day visit

Morning Engineer meeting: (assembly in infant hall) with whole year group. Meeting Jason and introducing Amy. We look at the plane we're going to make.

Together we plot Amy's route to Australia while finding out about Amy and her life. Jason will talk about likely dangers to look out for along the route to Australia.


Classroom 1: Making planes. Children will make a 'Jason' aeroplane.


Classroom 2 / Library: Fact finding Children will collect information on Amy and flying for their given fact files. This is a mixture of info they can find in books they find themselves or books that have been collated beforehand and from information spread about the room that I will provide.


Classroom 3: Route Plotting. Children will create world maps with key pieces provided and plot Amy's route on the map. They will add information about certain dangerous parts of the route and likely weather.

They can add collected photos to this map depicting Amy at various points along the way.


Afternoon Engineer meeting: All come together with all the work produced. Jason does some Amy based storytelling and activities with everyone in the hall. This involves some audience participation.

Structure :

One day visit


The first two days will run consecutively as above.

At the end of the second day the engineers will receive an invitation to take part in the 1930 Spring flying competition at Croydon Airport; a local airport which was the busiest and most important London airport in the 20's and 30's. It is from here that Amy Johnson took off on her famous flight to Australia 90 years ago. We are now going back in time to the world of flying aces!

The third day will see the construction of three 'flyable' aeroplanes, one per class, which will then be entered into the flying competition at Croydon Airport (the infant hall)

Day four is competition day and many challenges await the teams including adverse weather, planes needing maintenance and foul play on the part of Moody Lord Marsh, a jealous pilot intent on tampering with the tails of his competitors.…

The making of our planes will include some elements of numeracy and literacy as we work out how much fuel we need to travel the distances required and as each team fills out the competition entry form. Construction of the planes will require team work as will the pilot training and flying in the competition. The morning will see final amendments to planes and the first round of the competition.

We clear the hall for lunch.

After lunch we carry on with the last two rounds of the competition. The scores are totted up and the winners receive a team cup. All teams are awarded for taking part.


Three-four Day Visit

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